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Micky Mellon On FA Cup Win At Gainsborough Trinity

8 November 2015

Manager Felt Town Adapted To Conditions Well

"I thought he (Gerrard) was very comfortable and very controlled, and you see the experience that I’ve been wanting to bring into the group," said Micky.

"Alongside Zak Whitbread, young Dom (Smith) and Sads (Sadler) at left back, I thought they were superb.

"I thought they did what they had to do, because when you come here it’s probably a different sort of (style) if you like to what you get in our league.

"You’ve got to deal with balls coming forward very very quickly and win the headers.

"You’ve got to make sure that you win the knock downs and try and get some control, and I think they came out on top with them and we’ve got to be pleased."

Anthony Gerrard made his first start in Town colours, and Micky was impressed with both him and the rest of the Town back four.

"We had a couple of bodies around about the lad who’s crossed it in, we’ve got to do better there in stopping the cross, these are things that we’re saying now you can’t accept," he said.

"You’ve got to do better in that situation and try and get out to the ball quickly, get yourself out there and stop the cross coming in.

"Fortunately for us before half-time we don’t get punished."

Town suffered a bit of a scare just before half time when the hosts hit the post, and Micky said there would have been no excuses had they found themselves behind.

"I was going to make sure that we tried the best that we possibly could to make sure that we were in the draw for the second round because it's important for the football club and the fans with that excitement to try and get through that round."

"I really do enjoy the challenge of coming here. I want my team to be adaptable and be able to operate under these conditions, it’s good for trying to move the team forward.

"I enjoy it," he said.

Despite the tough encounter to a hard-working Gainsborough, Micky said these sort of games are something that he relishes.

"It was a good move, we were shouting on at him just to be patient because they were getting an awful lot of men behind the ball, they were very well organised, great credit to the manager," said Micky.

"We didn’t want to get frustrated and lose our composure so to see a good move finish with a good finish like that it was really pleasing."

And Micky was pleased to see Town's patience pay-off.

Collins drove in the winner for Shrewsbury from 20 yards out with 20 minutes to go.

We’re obviously happy to be through to the next round," Micky told the press after the match.

"It’s never easy to come into these kind of conditions like we had, but I think you’ve got to give an awful lot of credit to Gainsborough and the people who put in the organisation of the game today.

"I thought it was a well organised spectacle for the fans, and it was a typical FA Cup first-round day."

And Micky, who was delighted to reach the Second Round Proper, felt both sides gave a good account of themselves on the day.

A second-half strike from James Collins was enough to give Town a 1-0 victory at the National League North side in the First Round Proper.

anager Micky Mellon praised Gainsborough Trinity for putting on a 'well-organised spectacle' as Shrewsbury Town progressed in The Emirates FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

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